The Sunday Brunch

John Boyne, Claire Cameron, Karen Connelly, Nathan Englander, Merilyn Simonds, Deborah Willis

The Sunday Brunch

Host: Bill Richardson

Event Number: 89
Tickets: $38.00

(Doors open at 10:30am)

The Sunday Brunch

John Boyne, Claire Cameron, Karen Connelly, Nathan Englander, Merilyn Simonds, Deborah Willis

Sunday, October 22
11:00am - 1:00pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St.

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The Sunday Brunch is a hallmark of the Festival, one of the first events to sell out, and for very good reasons: mimosas, croissants, coffee and readings by six fine authors whose work you may or may not have encountered, but who will leave you wanting more. Come with a friend, or make a new one at your table, and raise a glass of bubbly to the exceptional lineup of English, American and Canadian authors set to take the stage.

Vegetarian options available but we are unfortunately unable to accommodate all dietary restrictions.

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Event Participants:

John Boyne


John Boyne has written several adult novels, young adult novels and a short story collection. He has been published in 51 languages. His novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas sold nine million copies worldwide, and was made into a film. He was awarded the Hennessy Literary Hall of Fame Award for his body of work and many other literary awards. He is a regular book reviewer for The Irish Times. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is the story of one man’s life in post-war Ireland as he struggles to discover an identity, a home and his place in the world.


Claire Cameron


Claire Cameron is a Canadian novelist, journalist and Queen’s University graduate. Her second novel The Bear was a national bestseller and award-winner.  Her love of the outdoors permeates her work, including her latest novel The Last Neanderthal, which follows a teenage Neanderthal on her journey to find a mate and the archeologist who discovers her in the present.


Karen Connelly


Karen Connelly is the author of ten books of bestselling non-fiction, fiction and poetry and has lectured in Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.  Her first book, Touch the Dragon, was a long-time national bestseller and won the Governor General’s Award, making Connelly the youngest winner. She divides her time between rural Greece and Toronto. Her new novel, The Change Room, is an exploration into desire as a married woman develops an overwhelming crush on a woman at her community pool.


Nathan Englander

United States

Bestselling novelist and short story writer Nathan Englander was selected as one of “20 Writers for the 21st Century” by The New Yorker. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and he was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Washington Post. He teaches in the MFA program at New York University. His most recent novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth, is a political thriller that pivots on the complex dynamic between a prisoner and his guard during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Merilyn Simonds


Merilyn Simonds is the author of more than 17 books of fiction, nonfiction and memoir. Her most well-known book is the  creative nonfiction classic, The Convict Lover, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. As a former chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the founding artistic director of Kingston WritersFest, Simonds spends a lot of time thinking about issues that matter to writers. She teaches creative writing and mentors writers around the world. Gutenberg’s Fingerprint explores the development of the book over time and how we read today in light of the digital shift.


Deborah Willis


Before becoming a writer, Deborah Willis worked as a horseback riding instructor, a reporter, and a bookseller. Her first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the BC Book Prize. Her fiction has appeared in Event, PRISM international, The Walrus, The Virginia Quarterly, The Iowa Review and Lucky Peach. She was a writer-in-residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House, and was the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program writer-in-residence at the University of Calgary in 2013. Her collection of short stories, The Dark and Other Love Stories, which arrived this year, explores the ways that love binds us all  and the complications that ensue.